Saturday 18 November 2017

Ó Sé clan in bid to halt Rebels' march

Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7.30 (Extra-time if necessary)

Darragh ó Sé makes his managerial bow at inter-county level tonight and he has named his cousin Pádraig ó Sé – son of the late, great Páidí – at wing-back in his side to take on Cork.

Kerry boast a strong full-forward line in Conor Cox and Chris Brady. The former is a member of Eamonn Fitzmaurice's senior squad and showed up well in UCC's run to the Sigerson Cup final, while Brady featured for Dr Crokes in their All-Ireland club SFC semi-final defeat to Ballymun.

Cork won when the sides met in last year's final. Along with Cox and Brady, a handful of the Kingdom side that started that match are included tonight, including full-back David Culhane, midfielder James Walsh and captain Mark Reen.

The Rebels are working off a strong base, having reached the All-Ireland minor final in 2010 when they lost to Tyrone by a point.

The game also sees the sides return to Páirc Uí Rinn, the scene of Cork's 22-point win over the Kingdom in 2011, and with the likes of Damien Cahalane, John O'Rourke and Tom Clancy having already tasted senior success, John Cleary's side can move a step closer to their eighth Munster title at this level since 2004.

Odds: Cork 8/13 Kerry 13/8 Draw 7/1

Verdict: Cork

Irish Independent

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